Who are we?
AMSA Sexual and Reproductive Health is an AMSA Global Health initiative concerned with a wide range of sexual and reproductive health issues, including menstrual hygiene, contraception, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS, gynaecological and obstetric care, and sexual assault and intimate partner violence.
Our mission is to be the primary platform for Australian-based medical students interested in a human-rights based approach to addressing sexual and reproductive health issues both locally and globally, including:
- Comprehensive Sexual Education
- Menstrual Hygiene
- Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS
- Gynaecological and Obstetric care
- Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence
- Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
- Child and Forced Marriage
- Safe and Non-judgemental Healthcare for Marginalised Populations
AMSA Sexual and Reproductive Health aims to:
- Educate: ourselves and our communities about local and global reproductive health issues
- Engage: with the healthcare profession, the political realm and the media to generate awareness and facilitate action in this sphere
- Advocate:as medical students for equitable access to reproductive healthcare and the rights of marginalised populations
Why Sexual and Reproductive Health?
The ‘Cairo Programme of Action’ in 1994 was the first international policy document to define reproductive health, stating:
“Reproductive health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, in all matters relating to the reproductive system and its functions and processes.”
At AMSA Sexual and Reproductive Health we believe in this holistic, rights-based approach to reproductive health care and the right of every individual to have the tools necessary to have a safe sexual and reproductive health journey throughout their lives.
What can I do?
As individuals, there are plenty of ways we can help. These include:
- Educating yourself about reproductive health issues
- Familiarising yourself with current reproductive health laws in your country and advocating for positive change
- Being aware of local reproductive health services and informing those around you
- Donating to a reproductive health charity
- Heading along to to your uni or state’s Red Party and be a part of their Red Week activities
- Make sure you’re following us on Facebook and Twitter!
- Either contact the Reproductive Rights Rep, Red Rep or AMSA Global Health Rep at your Medical School or apply to become one! Email or Facebook message us if you’re not sure.
- Look for the purple AMSA Reproductive Rights stall at your local AMSA Global Health Event! We’re always happy for a chat and interested to hear your thoughts!
- Keep an eye out for AMSA call-outs for policy writers, working group members, representative roles and even Project Coordinator positions
AMSA Sexual and Reproductive Health also collaborates with local Global Health Groups to put together Red Party, a nation-wide ‘Red Event’ fundraising for HIV/AIDs charities. In 2018, we hope to promote greater collaboration between universities cross each state, and within universities by integrating Red Parties with Red Weeks. As we continue to grow, Reproductive Rights hopes to strengthen Red Parties and Red Weeks alongside AMSA GH, as a collective of global health initiative to ensure further engagement of medical students in years to come.
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